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MSc Investigative Forensic Psychology

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  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Unlike other courses which focus on offender assessment and rehabilitation, this new course will examine the theoretical and investigative aspects of forensic psychology, tracking the criminal justice process from the crime scene to the court room.

It is an exceptionally hands-on, practical course, using our unique on-campus Crime Scene Training Centre together with Psychology Testing Suites with the latest eye-tracking and face-processing equipment.

As well as the underlying theories regarding the psychology of investigations and considering areas such as how face processing can assist identification of individuals, you will explore different offence types - sexual offending, murder and violent crime, group offending (including terrorism, hooliganism and rioting), and different forms of cyber-crime (e.g. hacktivism and online sexual abuse).

You’ll be expected to investigate and scrutinise violent mocked-up crime scenes to provide written and verbal evidence, learning how to present expert witness testimony in a mock court.

You will evaluate victims, witnesses, suspects and offenders, environment, geography and time, working with practitioners who create fieldwork, case studies and exercises based on their real experiences.

Guest speakers sharing their knowledge will be an integral feature of the course, as will Terri Cole, the course leader's own experiences as a Behavioural Investigative Adviser and Serious Crime Analyst. Terri worked for a number of years with police forces providing offender profiling, crime scene assessment and offence linkage advice in relation to serious sexual offences and murder. She brings her expertise and experience together to focus on crime scene behaviour and how psychology can assist investigations on this new course.

You can also find out more information about Psychology at Bournemouth University via the Department of Psychology and take a look at our student’s journey.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

1 year

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:1 in any subject or equivalent. English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above. For more information see our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

Entry requirements

Your application

Careers

This course will give you a sound understanding knowledge of how and where you can responsibly and pragmatically apply knowledge and findings from research into real-world situations and within a number of potential work environments.

During the course, you will be made aware of your professional responsibilities working in the field  - for example when writing reports, being an expert witness or conducting research.  These can include consideration of ethics, managing personal development and building resilience.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the new Postgraduate Loans Scheme, offering up to £10,000 of support (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

Our staff

You can read more about the specialist interests of our Psychology staff on department pages, or register now to meet us at an Open Day.

Hear from our staff

Professor Remco Polman

I’m very proud of the staff we have here. The skills and expertise they pass on to students give them the perfect background to move on into careers or further study.

Hear from our staff

Professor David Osselton

I really like working with our students. They’ve got open minds and will tackle complex problems without having preconceived ideas that something can’t be done because it’s too difficult.